AirPlay Not Available On iPad With External Display In 16.2?
Last updated on December 22nd, 2022 at 02:54 amPosted in News by Patricia on December 4, 2022
AirPlay not available on iPad anymore when connected to external display? Getting the ‘AirPlay is unavailable while an external display is connected’ error when trying to airplay on iPad running iPadOS 16.2 beta?
AirPlay Is Unavailable On iPad?
This unexpected behavior has been reported on Alan (iPadOS 16.2 Beta 4):
“This beta won’t allow me to airplay to homepod while an external display is connected. It worked in the previous version. Hope it’s a temporary change.”
This change has been also confirmed on Reddit:
“Airplay no longer working while an external display is connected (iPadOS 16.2 PB4).”
The change is announced by a popup entitled AirPlay which reads:
“AirPlay is unavailable while an external display is connected.”
Your only option is to tap OK and move on.
How To Fix AirPlay Not Available On iPad
Unfortunately, there’s not much that you can do about this at the moment.
Update, December 22:
The workaround for this shortcoming requires you to connect to the AirPlay device before connecting to the external display.
This fix has been provided by R. Pratz:
“Connect to HomePod speakers first, then connect external monitor.”
and confirmed by Tyler!
iPadOS 16.2 has been released to the public on December 13. Apple might have tweaked this feature only temporary until external display issues are fixed.
If you want to AirPlay music or other audio from iPad to HomePod or another device, and the above workaround doesn’t help, you have to disconnect the external monitor. It’s a deal breaker, we now.
Tip: If you see this post in time, don’t update to Beta 4 and stay on Beta 3. Airplay with external monitor works in the previous iPadOS 16.2 betas.
Have you managed to find a better workaround for Airplay not working on iPad when external display is connected? Do you have other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!
Related: For more iPadOS 16.1.1 issues and available workarounds please check our detailed review.
Connect to HomePod speakers first, then connect external monitor.
Thanks for the tip. Waiting for confirmations from other readers, as I personally don’t use an external display to test this out.
This worked for me as well. Connecting to the AirPlay device before connecting to the external display.
* I was connecting to an iPod HiFi via Belkin Airplay 2 adapter.
Thanks for confirming. I’m updating the fix in the main content of the article.
Actually this didn’t work for me (before I could activate airplay after plugging in the av adapter), BUT now it still works if I remove the HDMI cable only, keep the lightning AV adapter connected, then put my Sonos speakers on airplay and then the HDMI cable. Phew, it almost killed my home cinema setup….
PS: The video needs to be running with Airplay sound, while plugging in the HDMI
Thanks for your detailed feedback.
Yup, that works – even with IOS 16.3 public beta. Unplug HDMI cable from “dock” or iPad (using Apple Media USB C to HDMI. Next pick AirPlay speakers (I use HomePod Mini’s) and let the music Play. Then reconnect the HDMI cable to the iPad (or iPhone) using an external hardware dock (I use a StayGo dock from Twelve South), or the Apple Media USB C to HDMI connector. All is well!!! Thanks for the tip!
Thanks for confirming Tommy. We appreciate your informative feedback.